Kerris Dorsey Biography, Age, Ray Donovan, Films and Interview

Kerris Dorsey born Kerris Lilla Dorsey is an American actress and singer. She became a public icon for her role in the TV series Brothers & Sisters.

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Kerris Dorsey Biography

Kerris Dorsey born Kerris Lilla Dorsey is an American actress and singer. She became a public icon for her role in the TV series Brothers & Sisters.

Casey Beane, Billy Beane’s stirred by Brad Pitt the daughter, in the year 2011 film Moneyball, and as Emily Cooper in the 2014 film Alexander and the terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She also plays the role of Bridget Donovan, the daughter of the title character, in the television series Ray Donovan.

Kerris Dorsey Age

She is born on 9 January 1998, Los Angeles, California, United States. She is 21 years old as of 2018.

Kerris Dorsey Height

She stands at a height of 170 CM (5 Feet 7 Inches) tall.

Kerris Dorsey Photo

Kerris Dorsey Photo

Kerris Dorsey Family

Father is John Dorsey (Businessman). Sister to Justine Rose Dorsey who is an actress, born August 23, 1995. Apart from Justine Dorsey, her sister, Kerris has no other siblings.

Kerris Dorsey Career

She performs a cover of Lenka’s song “The Show”, which is included on the soundtrack to the film in Moneyball.

In 2012, Dorsey guest starred on the Disney Channel series Shake it Up as Kat, a girl who elaborates a plan to get on Shake It Up Chicago by befriending Cece Jones. Kat pressures them to tell Gary to hire her as an intern on the show. Kat is successful in getting on the show but at the end of the episode, she moves to New York to join Shake It Up New York.
Dorsey has also appeared in the films Walk the Line and Just Like Heaven. She played a supporting role in the American Girl film McKenna Shoots For the Stars as McKenna Brooks’s reading tutor, Josie.

Dorsey guest starred as Molly in one episode in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and had a small role in Sons of Anarchy as Ellie Winston. In 2012, she gained a supporting role as Sadie in the Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs. Monster. Dorsey stars as Bridget Donovan on the Showtime crime drama series Ray Donovan.

Kerris Dorsey Ray Donovan

Dorsey stars as Bridget Donovan on the Showtime crime drama series Ray Donovan the daughter of the title character.

Kerris Dorsey Moneyball

She stars as Casey Beane in the film Moneyball. In Moneyball she performs a cover of Lenka’s song “The Show”, which is included on the soundtrack to the film.

Kerris Dorsey Movies

Year

Title

Role

2017

Totem

Kellie

2016

Don’t Tell Kim

Alex Ruggle

2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Emily Cooper

2012

An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

Josie Myers

2011

Moneyball

Casey Beane

JumpRopeSprint

Alex Ruggle

2009

Fuel

Young Sandy

2005

Walk the Line

Kathy Cash

Just Like Heaven

Zoe Brody

Kerris Dorsey TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

2013–present

Ray Donovan

Bridget Donovan

2013

Mad Men

Sandy

2012

Shake It Up

Kat

2012

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

Molly

2012

Girl vs. Monster

Sadie

2011

Sons of Anarchy

Ellie Winston

2011

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour

Lisa

2009

Flower Girl

Flower Girl

2008

Carpoolers

Phone Girl

2007

Medium

Young Jennie Heffernan

2006–2011

Brothers & Sisters

Paige Whedon

2006

Scrubs

Kid #3

2006

Monk

Little Girl

2006

So Notorious

Little Drew Barrymore

2006

Vanished

Becky Javit

 

Kerris Dorsey Walk The Line

Dorsey has also appeared in the films Walk the Line .

Kerris Dorsey The Show

In Moneyball she performs a cover of Lenka’s song “The Show”, which is included on the soundtrack to the film.

Kerris Dorsey The Show Lyrics

Kerris Dorsey Singing

Kerris Dorsey Youtube

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Kerris Dorsey Twitter

Kerris Dorsey Instagram

Kerris Dorsey Interview

Source: interviewmagazine

Dorsey, who was raised and still lives in the suburbs of L.A., began acting at age five. Since then she has landed roles in films such as Walk The Line and Moneyball, and, in 2011, she finished a six-year run on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters. She tells us she is now in the midst of giving herself “a film education”—she is a fan of Scorsese, Fincher, and Wes Anderson—and until the end of July she’ll be on set filming the fourth season of Ray Donovan, which begins airing next week. Come fall, she plans to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara.

HALEY WEISS: What attracted you to Bridget when you read the first script for Ray Donovan?

KERRIS DORSEY: I was 14 when I auditioned and I think that being a young woman in the acting world, it’s hard to find a character that’s not just coming in for one scene or being bratty, [who’s not] just a prop for the storyline. I liked that the character had her own world, her own opinions, and a lot of layers to her. I could already tell from the first episode script that that was the case for Bridget. Often when you’re a teenage girl you get sent characters that are so unenjoyable and unexciting.

WEISS: Do you think Bridget is fated to turn out like her dad and her family? To what degree do you think she can fight becoming more and more like the people around her?

DORSEY: I think if anyone has a chance it’s her. But I do think that growing up in that environment, that’s your world and that’s your family, and as much as Bridget would like to distance herself, ultimately she’s always going to come back to the Donovan family because there’s kind of a magnetic pull. Also, she loves everyone; it’s hard to forget how much you love even the most dysfunctional people in your life. The Donovan family is sort of cursed and there’s a little bit of that to her, but I think she’s going to fight to get out and I guess we’ll see whether or not she succeeds. I’m rooting for her, but, as an actor, it’s more fun to play the messed up characters, so I’m also rooting for a downward spiral. [laughs]

WEISS: What has been the most challenging scene or storyline on the show thus far?

DORSEY: I think everything has been challenging in a different way. A lot of the scenes with Marvin, my boyfriend in Seasons One and Two, were hard and the emotional fallout of him being shot. That scene specifically was really hard and there are a couple episodes following. Portraying someone who is dealing with grief, especially that much trauma and that much grief, is an interesting mindset to get into. On set we’re all really close and we were really over the crying at the end of the season. We would spend days just sitting in my room, doing all of my scenes where I’m just crying and crying and crying. We were ready for it to be done.

WEISS: How do you prepare for those scenes? Do you listen to music?

DORSEY: I listen to music because that’s such a huge part of my process, not to sound super pretentious, but that’s a big part of what helps me get in character. I make playlists for every character that I do and I also have really sad playlists; I have one that’s [titled] the crying emoji. It has a bunch of stuff that I don’t listen to on a regular basis because it makes me really emotional. There’s that and then it also helps me to think of personal things as opposed to just getting into the mindset of the character—it makes it more real.

WEISS: What music is on your Bridget playlist?

DORSEY: It has varied each season. In Seasons One and Two I was listening to a lot of rappers because of Marvin, the influence of him being a rapper, and the whole hip-hop genre was a big part of it. I had a lot of Kanye and Kendrick Lamar. I think that Bridget is exploring sexuality in a way, so I had Lana Del Rey on there. It’s very eclectic but a lot of cool beats. Then this last season, my character is a musician, so my tastes have been evolving. I have Sam Phillips and Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, and more rock, guitar music, which shows how eclectic a person’s taste in music can be.

WEISS: Toward the end of Season Three there’s a scene where Bridget punches a classmate who’s goading her about her about her relationship with her teacher. That felt like a turning point for her as a character. How did you feel about that scene when you read it?

DORSEY: Excited to punch someone. [both laugh] As a fan of the character Bridget, I was really rooting for her in that moment. I’m not condoning violence but it was exciting to see her fight back. All season she had been taking stuff from everyone and that was a cool, symbolic moment for her coming into her own and not wanting to take anything from anyone. I definitely think you’re right; it’s a turning point for her, and after that you see how at the end of the season she leaves home. It’s a catalyst for a lot of different things.

WEISS: Is anyone in your family in the film or television industries?

DORSEY: No, no one is. My older sister did a play—we lived in Orange County—and there was a manager in the audience who “discovered” her. She started going out on auditions and at that time I was two and a half. I think [it was] the combination of my older sister doing something that I thought was really cool and that I was a really obnoxiously entertainer-y child. That and I really wanted to do it. I started begging my mom, in what I could articulate to her, to go out on auditions and get an agent.

WEISS: You’re interested in music as well, right? I read that you write songs.

DORSEY: I do, yeah. I started playing guitar when I was eight. Well, I started piano and really liked it but never practiced, but it taught me how to read music and then my mom signed me up for guitar lessons and I connected to that way more. It’s more of a songwriter’s medium and it’s also a more of a creative medium in that you learn four chords and you can play so many different songs. From there I started writing really bad music. I’ve written ever since. Hopefully it has improved, but who knows.

WEISS: Do you want to pursue music professionally?

DORSEY: Definitely—I always say that I love music so much and film so much but I’ll [only] watch my favorite film however many times in my life and I’ll listen to my favorite song or my favorite artist countless times. I listen to so much music every day, so that’s such a big part of my life. To be able to pursue that and put out my own stuff is definitely a goal. I don’t want to put something out that I’m not proud of because I think it’s so easy to say, “I’m an actress/musician.” I want to be able to put stuff out that sounds good and that I’m proud of as opposed to just rushing it.

WEISS: Do you remember your first audition?

DORSEY: My first audition was for a commercial, I don’t remember what it was, but I remember my second one was for a State Farm commercial. I actually ended up booking it, which was very exciting at age five. I was auditioning for a soccer player so I got to be on a team. I never played soccer when I was younger—I danced and I was more of an arts kid—so I was so stoked at the prospect of wearing shin guards and cleats, and I got to eat pizza. I don’t even think I had a line. I probably just had to laugh on camera.

WEISS: Was Walk the Line your first role that wasn’t a commercial?

DORSEY: Walk the Line was the biggest thing that I had booked and that was obviously crazy and such an amazing movie. That was a big one for me. I filmed it when I was six. I got the call and we filmed it a couple months later, it took a while. I didn’t know who Johnny Cash was and I didn’t really realize who Joaquin Phoenix was or Reese Witherspoon. I didn’t know anything; I just went in and went for it. Of course once I got it I realized the scale of the movie and the characters, and that the stars of the movie are so iconic.

DORSEY: I haven’t watched it in a while. It’s been a long time. I remember loving the movie when I saw it and not understanding a big portion of it. I really need to re-watch it… I got cut out of the movie pretty much completely. I had more scenes and so I remember going to see the movie—I was six or seven when it came out—and I was expecting [to see] what I had filmed because I was little. I think my mom prepared me and said, “Just so you know, don’t get your hopes up, it’s okay if you’re not in it a lot.” It was my first experience with rejection in a way, watching it and going, “Wait—what about that scene? And what about that?” It was hard for my little brain to grasp. I’m glad I [experienced it] then because you’ve got to feel that sometime; you might as well do it when you’re six.

WEISS: It seems like you’ve grown up on sets, having been on Brothers & Sisters for six years and now Ray Donovan. Has that been difficult? Have you enjoyed it?

DORSEY: It’s been my life as I’ve gotten older [but] it’s never been difficult because I’ve been able to have a lot of normalcy in my life. When I was on Brothers & Sisters for five seasons I didn’t work every single day, I was able to be on a gymnastics team and go to school. I got a taste for both; I would go to school and have to take a couple of days off for work but it never felt like a job. I always compared it to my friends who were on the dance team; [instead of doing that] I acted and got to go film. It was my hobby and also happened to be a job. Looking back, it’s crazy that for 13 years now I’ve been acting. I’m so comfortable on a set now just because it has been so many years.

WEISS: Has your love for acting ever wavered?

DORSEY: If you do it for a really long time, it’s going to come in waves I think. Ultimately I’ve always loved it and it’s only gotten to be more of a passion for me, but definitely when you go on a million auditions and you don’t get any of them it’s tough to deal with. I don’t think it’s the easiest industry to be in, I don’t think it’s the easiest profession in terms of dealing with it, so if you’re all happy all the time I think you’re a little bit crazy. But looking over it, I’ve never been like, “I’m quitting. I’m done.” I’ve just thought, “This is the worst thing ever,” but then you move on and you collect yourself. You distract yourself with something else and then come back to it. That’s normally when the good stuff happens.

WEISS: Is there something you find yourself looking for now when you’re reading scripts?

DORSEY: I think what I look for goes back to what I found in Bridget and what I find in a lot of the really strong female characters; it’s a lot of depth, and I think that’s obviously a topic of conversation that everyone uses nowadays. It is important to me now that I’m aware of it as I’ve gotten older, to play a character that is smart, layered, and complicated, and also has more to talk about than what you often see in television and movies. It’s getting a lot better but I definitely read with a more critical eye now that I’ve become aware of the lack of representation and the lack of good roles for females. That’s a big part of it and also I’d just love to play an action hero, you know? [laughs]

 

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